Version 2.0 is here! If you have already purchased the book, you have already gotten an email with a link to download the 2.0 version of the book. If you have been waiting for the print version to come back in stock, the time is now!
We sold out of the print version the first round in a matter of weeks. Right about that time, WordPress 2.9 was coming out, so instead of just reprinting more we decided to update the book and print new copies with that fresh information. That is exactly what we have done. The all-new Chapter 11 of the book deals with new stuff in WordPress 2.9 (and how to use the new features). That chapter will also be the home for future version-specific updates to WordPress.
Read on to find out more about the book. Oh and by the way, we’re sporting a fresh new design here on the site. What do you think?
There is also brand-new Chapter 10 called “Bonus Tricks!” which deals with some cool new tricks for your themes. This chapter is also where we introduce the new themes that now come bundled with the book. That’s right folks, the book now comes bundled with two major new themes, as well as some child themes for those, and a couple of other bonus themes. These themes are book-only, meaning that the only way to get them is through the book bundle, which comes with either book buying option.
The book is some 30+ pages longer, sporting a shinier tougher cover, thicker binding coil, and updated and improved content throughout, the price point is going to remain the same for both the PDF and Print bundle. It’s costing us a good bit more to produce, but we upped the quantity we ordered a bit to cover some of that. Still got the family working hard!
The best way to illustrate and explain something is often just to give someone the finished product and let them explore it. There is lots of code in the book, but it’s all removed from the context of a real design. Now you’ll get some real themes along with the book so you can see how that code is used in an actual theme. The themes do a particularly good job illustrating two big topics:
- Theme Options Panel – Both themes have options panels for setting various theme-specific options. They are built in a “framework” style, so that adding your own or adjusting what options are there is pretty easy.
- Child Themes – Both themes come with a child theme which restyles the theme without affecting any of how it works. If you’ve always wondered how that works, you can see it with these themes.
See theme options shine here as there is a ton of options to control your theme. Everything from how it is laid out (columns, positions) to what types of things you wish to include, to adding in markup into individual sections. Preview Theme
Lines & Boxes
Based on the look of a wireframe, Lines & Boxes could be used as-is for a minimalist look, or used as a starting point for a more fleshed out graphical theme. Some theme options including overriding the header of the site, and options on if you want the main navigation to be a category list or a page list. Preview Theme
“All Ajax”, also a bundled theme, is based off Lines & Boxes but is not technically a child theme. The idea is that every internal link on the site loads without page refresh. Preview Theme
Even with all the new themes and 30+ new pages, the price point for the book and PDF stay the same. $27 for the PDF and $67 + S&H for the Book/PDF Combo. If you buy the print book, remember that automatically comes with the PDF which now comes as a bundle with the themes, so you don’t miss out on that action.
What happens if you bought the PDF while the book was sold out and now want the print copy? That would be anytime between January 18th and February 28th. If that describes your situation, just forward a copy of your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask us for a discount code. We’ll send you one you can use on the print copy good for the value of what you paid for the PDF.
Books are basically being assembled at the time of this writing. It is likely that they’ll be boxed and labeled to ship to you folks a week from today. So if you order today, just note that you’ll probably get them in about 10-12 days. Later orders will arrive in typically more like 4-5 days. International orders take more time.